Yearly Archives: 2012

december randoms

Christmas is almost here.  This year doesn’t feel as rushed.  As stressful.  And when I think of the heartbreak and sheer hell all of those families are going through in Connecticut, it makes frantic To Do lists and worrying over what time to start holiday dinners seem trivial.

We are blessed.  We are together.  Nothing else matters.

The busy holiday photo session season has wound down.  And I can’t lie — it’s a welcome lull.  However, I had the great opportunity this week to shoot the cover image for February’s issue.  It was a really fun session — I’ve never watched a make-up and hair artist perform magic like he did on the lovely cover subject, but I am now fully convinced that I need someone to come to my house every morning to transform my face the way I saw this make-up artist do.  Wow.  It sure beats my “mascara and cherry chapstick” routine.

I’ll post here when the cover comes out in February.

I also tried to get a picture of my kids for a holiday card.  That went swimmingly… ha.


And it snowed. 
We went from this, just a few weeks ago…


…to Instant Winter this week.


But it makes the holiday lights in the yard look pretty.  And the thought of having a White Christmas this year — rather than a Brown Christmas like last year — is kind of nice.

Speaking of Instant Winter, last week, a little dog across the street from us had a mishap on a neighborhood pond…


I happened to have my camera already cued up (from trying to take the failed Christmas card picture of my kids), so I was able to catch the Shakopee Fire Department rescuing this lucky pup.


Winter may have come in one, quick snowfall, but the ice is still thin — good to remember.

Lastly, we got our holiday decorations up around the house last week.  The kittens (now 6 months old) have never seen a Christmas tree.

It took the smaller one 2 hours to figure out the ornaments came off.

And another 24 hours to figure out he could climb it.


Ah well.  At least they are enjoying the season.

icing on the cake

I’ve been watching some lovely holiday cards and wood gallery mounts march out the door this week! So pretty! GAH!

It’s so satisfying to see the final product. Like matching the clean socks after doing the laundry and having no extra socks leftover when you’re done. Total satisfaction.

I thought I’d quick post a picture of two canvas gallery wraps that are headed to their new homes this week.

This is a 20×30 canvas gallery wrap (1 1/2 inches deep):

And this is an 11×14 (also 1 1/2 inches deep):

So, so pretty — I love them!

december ~ family of five

Such a beautiful family and sweet, happy kids.

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7 months old ~ warm & cozy

The day I visited this little guy, it was bitter cold outside. And windy.

So we stayed inside for a bit, nice and warm and cozy.

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We took a break from the warm and cozy to step outside for a just a few minutes.

It was cold. Really cold. But this little guy never cried. He must have those Minnesota genes.
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And after the cold, back in again for a nice, warm bath.

Such a cute, lovable boy and a beautiful family.

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pause button

I took a planned, one-week break from sessions to get a few things off my To Do list.

One of the things that I can now cross off that list is getting a farmhouse beadboard backsplash up in our kitchen.

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This is one of those projects where my husband and I thought, “Ah, this won’t be too hard.  Shouldn’t take us long.”  And then it ended up being way more complicated than we thought and took for freaking-ever to finish.

Although that pretty much describes how every home improvement project goes, right?  Right.

But it’s done now, and we are very happy with it.  Just a subtle change, but a nice one.

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The one thing that killed me about this project is that the outlet covers cost us more than all of the wood and trim pieces combined.  I am still not quite done accepting that fact.

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Another thing I did during this little hiatus was an annual “photo album weekend” that my girlfriend and I do each fall.

Neither of us does scrapbooking, but we both maintain photo albums for our families.  So one weekend each fall, we rent a nice hotel room in town and spend Friday, Saturday, and Sunday updating all of our photo albums while we eat chocolate, drink wine, and chat about everything under the sun — kid stories, college stories, dating stories, life views, and all of the funny and wonderful things we still can learn about each other.

It is a weekend I look forward to each year.  A pause button on daily life, time spent with a good friend, a little extra sleep, and of course, leaving on Sunday afternoon with photo albums back up-to-date with our family’s daily adventures.

Albums with pictures of time spent being goofy:

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Time spent out and about:

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Time spent with friends:

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Time spent being lazy:

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And time spent being happy:

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It was nice to take a little break and finish up these albums, get some stuff done around the house, and spend some time with family and friends.

Life is good. It really is.

november chill

These two kiddos (ages 6 and 2) were total troopers on a cold November morning. They seemed completely unfazed by the weather and I had a great time running around with them. What good kids.

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fun family of four

I always love working with this family because a) the parents are ridiculously nice and easy to hang out with and b) their son and daughter happily remind me of my own son and daughter (they are similar ages and have very similar personalities). Our sessions kind of feel like hanging out with my own kiddos. Which is a good thing.

And an added bonus to working with this family: they are all beautiful.

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The kids are so fun and sweet and goofy. And goofy in the best possible way — the way where they are just deep-down happy and you can see that they are loved.

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Thanks for a fun afternoon, you guys. Happy holidays!

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